“I have a thick skin,” RFK said, as he tried to look ‘Kennedyesque’ for the cameras, “but the charge of stupidity is one that cuts me, it hurts me?” The American people nodded in agreement, as the unrepentant presidential hopeful, spoke freely of his private pain at their perception of him as an antiSemitic imbecile.
At a campaign debate in New York on Tuesday night, Kennedy sought to revive his presidential ambitions and put the accusation of persistent antisemitism behind him while leaving the charge of idiocy, largely unaddressed. Early indications are that the public are still unconvinced on both counts.
“I’ve never said a stupid word in my entire life,” he said later, “and it’s cost me dearly? It makes me seem too regal and intellectual to appeal to the common man and I’m not ashamed to admit that.”